Wednesday, 8 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS: Service Status Update April 2020

Further to our recent Coronavirus Update, we have made the difficult decision to close our Community Hub and temporarily cancel home visits until further notice. This decision was based on government guidance. We will continue to be available by telephone, email and through our social media and website.

Our staff, including our Community Connectors will continue to communicate regularly with local people to check in on them and action accordingly.

We did not take this decision lightly, but as a Community Organisation we are obligated to do our utmost to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people who use our service, as well as that of our staff team.

If you can not get out, please contact us as follows;

Telephone 01475 728628.
If you leave a voice message we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We continue to monitor the situation with regards to the Coronavirus Outbreak.

For medical advice on Coronavirus, check NHS INFORM: CLICK HERE
For Scottish Government Guidance CLICK HERE

Many thanks for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Challenging Inverclyde Poverty (CIP) Group

#Togetherwecanbeatpoverty #Oxfam  #Inverclydecares

Daily uncertainty and lack of control
Inequality of access to health
Uneven distribution of wealth and not having enough money: 
  • For food (nutritional food) and reliance on foodbanks
  • For heating – power cards, hot water, cleaning products
  • To pay bills
Limited access to: 
  • Employment
  • Transport 
  • Wider opportunities - that enable us to feel included and connected to our community, leading to isolation, feelings of hopelessness, being invisible and having no voice

Over the last year the CIP Group has raised a number of concerns that people in our community face on a daily basis, these include welfare reforms and the benefits system - the inequity of Universal Credits and Zero Hour Contracts (in work poverty), health, employment and travel. We have also highlighted that too many of Inverclyde’s children, young people and families have limited opportunities to partake in many aspects of everyday community life due to poverty.

The CIP group have been working to raise awareness of:

  • Scarcity theory and how this can lead people to make poor decisions
  • Universal Basic Income 

Since the Coronavirus pandemic we have witnessed events and behaviours that support much of the premise of scarcity theory and there has been a lot of media coverage about Universal Basic Income. 

The CIP Group feel there will never be a better time to work together as an Inverclyde community of health, love and solidarity to tackle poverty and work collectively to: 
  • Undo the causes - unfair and unequal distribution of income, wealth & power e.g. Universal Credit’s, Zero Hour Contracts
  • Prevent the wider environmental influences from reinforcing inequalities 
  • Mitigate the negative impact that poverty has on our people – Inverclyde is quite good at this, however this often works as an immediate / short term sticking plaster, rather than addressing root problems and solutions to enable individuals and communities to recover / heal and change things in the medium to long term.

The truth is, we all matter, and this is an issue that requires everyone who lives, works, volunteers and serves the Inverclyde community to get on board and play a part in challenging poverty in Inverclyde today and everyday…

The CIP Group invite you to examine your perceptions of poverty and challenge negative stereotypes of people affected by it, and the necessity that all people have access to our basic needs in order to live a good life – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a useful tool to enable us to do this:

Participate in our Basic Income Survey